Motivation Monday: If you Want to Be, Do.

The old saying goes ‘If you want something done right, do it yourself.’  Many a person filled with hubris about their own abilities takes this too far and often ends up never trusting others to help or take on any challenge, no matter how small or insignificant.  The real meaning behind this idea is that if you ‘have an idea in your mind about the way something should be done, do it yourself.’  This can lead to the founding of a successful business, if you take it along the lines of ‘if you found a better way to do something,...

Motivation Monday (on Tuesday): Drive

What drives people to achieve? How can some people fight tooth and nail for something they may never get? And why do they believe that if they keep working hard, something good will happen, even if it never has before? We often hear of the dreamers, the great innovators, the visionaries; Those who change the world through hard work and seemingly supernatural talent.  Is this kind of skill and achievement available to anyone? Or is it something you’re born with. One important lesson I have leaned in my life is that the energy to achieve goals comes from a deep desire to change your...

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Catastrophe After Launch

I was downtown Toronto this morning, dressed in a suit and holding my umbrella to stay dry and navigate the city streets as they were soaked with rain.  I was headed to the CBC building on John street to do an interview about the SpaceX CRS-7 mission that would launch an hour later.  This would be a very important mission, the seventh of twelve ISS resupply missions contracted by NASA. It was also the third attempt at a secondary goal – landing the first stage launch vehicle, the Falcon 9 rocket, upright on an ocean platform, a feat that had...

Motivation Monday: Failures are Forgotten

The more I look back on my adult life and the lives of my friends, the more I notice that we all highlight our successes and hide our failures.  This is not a bad thing at all, as I can’t see why anyone would want to remind others of a time when they failed miserably.  And yet so much of the self-help industry is driven by the concept of accepting and even embracing failure.  I once participated in a CBC Q&A with the hosts of Dragon’s Den, a show where business owners pitch an idea to a panel of millionaires...

Motivation Monday: Working Together

In two weeks, for the second year in a row, I’m running a 10 Km race.  This means running for an hour non-stop.  If you had asked me to train and run this distance two years ago I would have said it was impossible.  I would have said “I’m not a runner, I’m more into lifting weights,” or “I don’t have the body type of a distance runner.”  At the time I signed up for a 5 Km run with my girlfriend and a few friends. Not wanting to embarrass myself, I decided to train a bit to see how...

Motivation Monday: The Rocky Road

When the circumstances of life are great, it makes sense to try and keep them that way.  After we work so hard to get our life on the right track, we can become fearful of any subtle changes that derail our progress.  But positive action and progression toward a goal do not follow a straight pathway.  It doesn’t matter whether your goal is about work, fitness, hobbies, relationships, or finances.  There will be periods of time where you feel like you are making progress and periods where the progress is subtle or unmeasurable, and you want to give up. The...

Motivation Monday: Take a Break to Recharge

One of the best things about being focussed and working hard is that it builds.  You gain momentum. You have been making that small adjustment daily and things haven’t stopped moving forward.  It feels great!  But all of this forward motion comes at a cost.  It takes a lot of mental and emotional toll on a person to constantly fight a bad habit and establish new ones.  It becomes easier once the new habit becomes the path of least resistance, but the time it takes to get there is different for every person and every habit.  Sometimes, you feel you’ve...

Rosetta Orbiter / Philae Lander Updates!

They did it! 10 Years in Orbit and 2 Billion dollars later, the landing is successful and confirmed.  Now comes the fun part: The resulting Science!!! The first image that was beamed through 28 ad a half light minutes showed the lander on its descent, about 3km from the surface. The landing wasn’t perfect though.  In fact it may have ‘landed twice.’  The 4km wide comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko doesn’t have enough gravity to keep the lander from flying out into space, which is why Philae was equipped with a harpoon system to lock it in place on the surface. Yesterday I...